I keep hoping my cynicism is unwarranted, but I see no evidence that Gov. Jerry Brown plans to expend much political capital to push ahead his good, but insufficient, pension reform plan. Here is my new piece for The Daily, which concludes: "Unfortunately, it appears that the governor was just being cynical. He released a decent reform plan, but he has no intention to expend any serious effort to get it through a hostile legislature. Even if he tried, it would be a tough road. The only hope is the initiative drive, and it's encouraging that pension reformers have finally settled on some good measures. California will lumber along until the situation becomes more dire, which is how its leaders handle every problem."
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